Drury went 0-for-2 with two walks and an RBI in Tuesday's 9-4 loss to the Astros. With primary second baseman Daniel Descalso struggling to produce in August, manager Torey Lovullo decided to deploy Drury in the lineup instead against the right-handed Brad Peacock. It wasn't an overwhelming performance from Drury, but he at least excelled in working the count Tuesday, seeing 19 pitches on the evening. Drury will likely need a few more solid showings before emerging as the preferred option in the timeshare at the keystone.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo confirmed Tuesday that Drury and Daniel Descalso would be deployed as a platoon at second base for the time being, Kevin Zimmerman of the ArizonaSports.com reports. As the right-handed hitter of the duo, Drury will find himself on the short end of the platoon, which was apparent through his usage in recent contests, as he's been on the bench for four of the last six games. With a .273 average and nine home runs on the season, Drury possesses a higher fantasy ceiling than the light-hitting Descalso, but his inferior fielding coupled with his offensive struggles since late June will limit his at-bats, and by extension, his overall value.
Drury is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Giants, Jody Jackson of Fox Sports Arizona reports. Drury will open the game on the bench for the second straight day as the Diamondbacks close out their weekend series against Jeff Samardzija and the Giants. Daniel Descalso will take over at second base, batting sixth.
Drury is out of Saturday's lineup against the Giants. Even with Chris Owings suffering a significant injury, Drury still seems locked into a role where he sits once or twice each week. Daniel Descalso will start at the keystone and hit sixth against righty Chris Stratton.
Drury went 2-for-5 with a solo home run during Thursday's win over the Cubs. Arizona is dealing with a number of injuries to its middle infield, so Drury should continue to receive consistent at-bats at second base moving forward. He sports a respectable .276/.327/.443 slash line with nine homers, 44 RBI and 32 runs for the campaign. Those numbers move the fantasy needle in deeper settings.
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